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Accrington ‘Jekyll and Hyde' thug terrorised two vulnerable brothers
A THUG who terrorised two vulnerable brothers in a sustained campaign of violence and threats has been jailed for five and a half years.
Burnley Crown Court heard how bullying Leon Kay, a drug-addicted drunk, launched two vicious attacks on Nigel Fenlon after months of beatings. On one occasion, he smashed his cheek and his arm.
Kay, described as ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, also used Mr Felton's brother Kevin as his ‘own cash account’, demanding money with threats and cutting him with scissors, but the pair were too scared to go to police.
Kay's reign of fear was finally brought to an end when he battered Nigel Fenlon, knocked him out and tied him up with a washing line, holding him prisoner in a house. His victim was heard to mumble: “Just kill me now.” Kay laughed as he told police he had kidnapped the victim.
The defendant, 27, of Stanley Street, Accrington, had earlier admitted blackmail, false imprisonment and two charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm He was also given a five-year restraining order to keep him away from the victims and their family.
Martin Hackett, prosecuting, said Nigel Fenlon was too frightened to stop the abuse. The victim said, over eight months, the defendant would punch and headbutt him, often out of the blue.
The prosecutor said the defendant threatened Kevin Fenlon, demanding about £100 from him.
Mr Fenlon was made to go to cash machines and once his hand as being cut with scissors the defendant used to threaten him.
Kay, who has a record for violence, including putting his mother in hospital, made no comment when questioned.
Tim Brennand, for Kay, described the defendant as a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ character. He said: “When he’s good, he's very good. When he is bad, he is capable of monstrous behaviour.”
Mr Brennand said matters were not helped when Kay wallowed in self pity, took drink and drugs and felt hard done by.
He wished to offer ‘his unreserved apologies’ to the victims.